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In 2009, five guys met over breakfast and decided to create an event to raise money for a great cause and have a fantastic time doing it. The result of our brainstorming was a black-tie boxing event in Denver, and Friday Night Fights was born.
The Mile High Five (MH5) Foundation was founded in 2013 with the sole mission of hosting Mile High MMAyhem (MHM) each year; 2016 marks the fourth year for MHM. The net proceeds benefit worthy organizations supporting youth/health-related organizations. Mile High MMAyhem is a black-tie affair featuring mixed martial arts bouts and will be held on October 28, 2016.
Proceeds from the 2016 Event will benefit Denver Urban Scholars (DUS). DUS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping metro Denver students with the greatest need, graduate high school and enter higher education with a meaningful life plan for success. The students served are those who have potential, but are at risk of dropping out or getting lost in the current system. DUS requires a significant commitment from each student in the programs, and in return, students who choose to be part of the programs are empowered and inspired to succeed through mentoring, case management, academic support and financial assistance.
Thank you to all of our generous supporters!
- Bryan Cannon
- Jay Coughlon
- Ethan Furtek
- Eric Holt
- Pat Seese
- Ryan Sullivan
- Lyle Wallace
Meet the Board
Bryan Cannon, CFA
Bryan Cannon is a independent private wealth manager and CFA charterholder. Bryan has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with majors in finance, management, and decision sciences, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Duke University. He is a former Air Force officer having served five years in space technology development and also as a White House Social Aide to the President of the United States. Bryan’s focus is providing financial planning and investment management for high net worth clients with particular attention to risk management and tax efficiency. He is married with two children and spends his free time playing golf, skiing, and hiking 14ers, and is a co-founder of The Mile High Five Foundation.
ay Coughlon is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lariat Partners, LP, a Denver-based private equity fund focused on partnering with entrepreneurs in the lower middle market. Prior to co-founding Lariat in January 2013, Jay was a Managing Director at KRG Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm with over $3 billion of capital under management. Jay started his career at Banc of America Securities in the Leveraged Finance group after earning a degree in Accounting & International Business from Marquette University. Jay lives in central Denver with his wife and three children and loves skiing, biking and football (torn Packers/Broncos fan).
Ethan is a Vice President with Integris Partners, a Denver-based middle-market investment bank dedicated primarily to mergers and acquisitions. He began his investment banking career more than a decade ago with Headwaters MB, after receiving a BS in Finance from Arizona State University. In addition to MH5, Ethan serves on the Associate Board of The Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE). He lives in Denver with his wife and son.
Eric Holt, CFA
Eric is the Founder and Managing Principal of 7258 Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm. Eric spent nine years in the Air Force, where he was an award-winning Finance Professor at the United States Air Force Academy. Eric serves on the Board of Trustees of The Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE), serves on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science President’s Leadership Council, and was recently appointed to The Children’s Hospital Foundation Legacy Planning Advisory Council. He is a Co-Founder of The Mile High Five Foundation and is a former President of the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council. He graduated from the Air Force Academy with academic distinction and received an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a CFA Charterholder. He lives in Greenwood Village with his wife, two kids and a Goldendoodle.
Patrick Seese is an owner and a Managing Director of Integris Partners, a middle-market investment banking firm focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to this, Mr. Seese was a Managing Director at Headwaters, MB, middle-market investing banking firm, worked in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group in New York, served as Head of Corporate Development for Katy Industries, a publicly traded industrial and consumer products company, and was a CPA, in the audit department of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Seese is a graduate of the University of Colorado and earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Seese currently serves as a Trustee of the ALPS Series Trust based on his business, financial services and accounting experience and he is a Co-Founder of The Mile High Five Foundation.
Lyle A. Wallace is a Corporate Partner at Baker Hostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms. A believer in effecting positive change in the lives of Colorado “at-risk” youth population, Lyle serves on the Board of Denver Urban Scholars in addition to his role with The Mile High Five Foundation, and he has previously served on the Boards of Youth Opportunity Foundation and Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation.
Ryan is a Colorado native and works for Nighthawk Energy as a Senior Landman/Business Development representative for the company. Nighthawk is a Denver based independent oil and gas company with assets in Eastern Colorado. Prior to Nighthawk, he worked with TERRACORE as a Landman and Acquisitions/Divestitures representative for the company, focused on upstream oil and gas assets. In addition to MH5, Ryan serves on the Board of Advisors for ACE Scholarships and also the Advisory Board for Young Life in Cherry Creek Schools. Long before the energy business, he was a ski bum in Jackson Hole and a fly fishing guide, which he continues to do part time with Trout’s Flyfishing based in central Denver, where he currently lives with his wife, two kids and a bulldog.
Alex Hodgkin, CFA
Alex is a managing partner and co-founder of Intrinsic, LLC, a valuation and financial advisory firm. He spent the first part of his career as an investment banker with Salomon Smith Barney and later Headwaters MB. In these roles he executed engagements involving strategic alternative reviews for multinational corporations, liquidity strategies for middle market entrepreneurs, sell side advisory assignments, equity and subordinated debt offerings in the public and private capital markets, and fairness opinions. As a valuation practitioner, Alex has considerable expertise providing valuation advisory services to the high net worth and institutional investor communities. He holds a BS in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, a BS in Electrical and Computer engineering from the University of Colorado, and is currently completing his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business as a weekend MBA student. He is involved in several non-profit causes including the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, First Descents, and The Mile High Five Foundation.
For nearly a decade, Ron Kruck has worked for Mark Cuban, owner of AXS TV and the Dallas Mavericks and has been lead correspondent for the groundbreaking program Inside MMA. His responsibilities include covering UFC events, producing weekly features, interviewing the top stars in mixed martial arts, and filling in as host alongside MMA legend Bas Rutten. In addition, Ron also handles the ring reporting duties for many “AXS Fights” events and has done play-by-play for StrikeForce on SHOWTIME, GLORY Kickboxing on CBS Sports Network, SPIKE TV, and the International Fight League on Fox Sports. When he’s not on-air, Kruck is also a regular contributor to FIGHT! Magazine. Before joining AXS TV, Ron covered and conducted interviews at some of the biggest sporting events, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, Major League Baseball playoffs, NBA playoffs, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Olympic Trials, and the Fiesta and Orange Bowls.
What should I wear?
Black-tie. Don’t be that guy who didn’t know and shows up in skinny jeans.
Will there be an ||ask|| the night of the event?
There will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Mile High Five Foundation the night of the event. We sincerely hope that each person who is a guest of someone else chooses to make a donation of at least $250 that evening.
Are individual tickets for sale?
There are no individual tickets to the event. Tables will be sold, but the costs of the tables can be allocated between multiple parties.
Why MMA and not boxing?
While guys like to get dressed-up and watch two people beat each other up in any format, we thought the prospect of knock-outs and tap-outs justified the format change. From an entertainment perspective, MMA trumps boxing.
Who will be the 2015 beneficiary of the Mile High MMAyhem?
We are honored to announce the 2015 beneficiary, ACE Scholarships. For more information on ACE Scholarships visit: www.acescholarships.org.
Are the costs of the tables tax-deductible?
Yes, any donation above the cost of any goods/services received will be tax-deductible; however, please consult your tax advisor.
Will there be transportation available after the event?
Cabs will be ready and waiting. If you plan to drink at all, plan not to drive.
I am pretty tough. Should I challenge one of the MMA fighters before/during/after their match?
We urge you to drink responsibly and avoid confronting any of the MMA fighters even if you’ve only had one drink.